Tapping for Para Rubber
Robert Cross left Liverpool on 19 June 1876 in the steamer Cearense. He reached Para on 15 July 1876. Describing the
this place, he wrote ..Para is a City situated on the Southern bank of the great River Amazon. It is80 miles from the
ocean. The population is 40,000 chiefly engaged with the despatch of import and export produce. all necessaries of life are
imported. Thus butter and fish comes from Norway, rice and flour by the United States, while sugar, coffee and mandiocca are
brought from the southern ports of Brazil.